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4th Apr '18 7:58:29 PM Trooper924
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* The ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' episode "The Abandoned" has Odo trying to invoke this in a young member of the Jem'Hadar, a race of [[SuperSoldier Super Soldiers]] that serve the [[TheEmpire Dominion.]] Unfortunately, the Jem'Hadar is perfectly fine with being a weapon for a totalitarian state and wants nothing more than to return to his people so that he can fulfil that purpose. In the end, Odo grants his wish and returns him to the Gamma Quadrant.
30th Mar '18 11:58:01 AM NoSpoilerz
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* The TropeNamer is ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', the plot of which has been summed up by [[Creator/BradBird it's director]] as "what if a gun had a soul but didn't want to be a gun?". The Giant is a huge robot who arrives to Earth from outer space. He has all kinds of weapons and presumably was designed as a vanguard unit for planetary invasions. However, he's injured upon arrival and becomes amnesiac, so he develops a childlike and innocent persona. [[spoiler:After rescuing two boys from falling,]] the Giant quotes this trope word for word.

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* The TropeNamer is ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', the plot of which has been summed up by [[Creator/BradBird it's its director]] as "what "What if a gun had a soul but didn't want to be a gun?". gun?" The Giant is a huge robot who arrives to Earth from outer space. He has all kinds of weapons and presumably was designed as a vanguard unit for planetary invasions. However, he's injured upon arrival and becomes amnesiac, so he develops a childlike and innocent persona. [[spoiler:After rescuing two boys from falling,]] the Giant quotes this trope word for word.
28th Mar '18 7:41:56 PM DeisTheAlcano
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* Cassandra Cain, the second [[Batgirl]], has this too. She was trained by her assassin father to a punishing routine from literally birth, taught to read body language like speech, while never learning to write or read. By the time she's seven years old she is capable of murdering a man with her bare hands... but when she does, her skills at understanding body language means she has an almost empathic awareness of what her victim was thinking in his last moment - the sheer terror of his death horrifies her and she spends the rest of her life alternately learning and being taught that she is not simply a weapon.

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* Cassandra Cain, the second [[Batgirl]], ComicBook/{{Batgirl}}, has this too. She was trained by her assassin father to a punishing routine from literally birth, taught to read body language like speech, while never learning to write or read. By the time she's seven years old she is capable of murdering a man with her bare hands... but when she does, her skills at understanding body language means she has an almost empathic awareness of what her victim was thinking in his last moment - the sheer terror of his death horrifies her and she spends the rest of her life alternately learning and being taught that she is not simply a weapon.
25th Nov '17 10:05:44 PM DrFraud
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An artificial being designed specifically for warfare suddenly decides that they aren't satisfied with their current career. Maybe they've [[InstantAIJustAddWater developed sentience]], maybe an [[KickTheWrongDog innocent bystander]] managed to be in the [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone wrong place at the wrong time]], maybe they've just learned that TheMenInBlack that made them [[GovernmentConspiracy don't exactly have the best interests of the public in mind]]. Regardless, they've decided to turn in their guns and try life off the battle field.

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An artificial being designed specifically for warfare suddenly decides that they aren't satisfied with their current career. Maybe they've [[InstantAIJustAddWater developed sentience]], maybe an [[KickTheWrongDog innocent bystander]] managed to be in the [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone wrong place at the wrong time]], maybe they've just learned that TheMenInBlack that who made them [[GovernmentConspiracy don't exactly have the best interests of the public in mind]]. Regardless, they've decided to turn in their guns and try life off the battle field.
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5th Oct '17 10:49:20 AM NWolfman
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* The TropeNamer is ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''. The Giant is a huge robot who arrives to Earth from outer space. He has all kinds of weapons and presumably was designed as a vanguard unit for planetary invasions. However, he's injured upon arrival and becomes amnesiac, so he develops a childlike and innocent persona. [[spoiler:After rescuing two boys from falling,]] the Giant quotes this trope word for word.

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* The TropeNamer is ''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant''.''WesternAnimation/TheIronGiant'', the plot of which has been summed up by [[Creator/BradBird it's director]] as "what if a gun had a soul but didn't want to be a gun?". The Giant is a huge robot who arrives to Earth from outer space. He has all kinds of weapons and presumably was designed as a vanguard unit for planetary invasions. However, he's injured upon arrival and becomes amnesiac, so he develops a childlike and innocent persona. [[spoiler:After rescuing two boys from falling,]] the Giant quotes this trope word for word.
17th Sep '17 5:29:39 PM nombretomado
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* Sort of done with ArthurCClarke's short story "The Pacifist" (one of the Tales from the White Hart): It involves a (fictional) [[TheFifties Fifties]] secret US military project, Project Clausewitz, to build a computer (called Karl) that could analyze any battle's starting conditions and perfectly predict the result. However, the general in charge of the project insults the lead scientist, who hard-wires Karl into delivering insults to the general every time a battle is input, but still doing pure math just fine. It's only "sort of" this trope because Karl is not an AI: he's a dumb 50s computer. The effect, however, is the same.

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* Sort of done with ArthurCClarke's Creator/ArthurCClarke's short story "The Pacifist" (one of the Tales from the White Hart): It involves a (fictional) [[TheFifties Fifties]] secret US military project, Project Clausewitz, to build a computer (called Karl) that could analyze any battle's starting conditions and perfectly predict the result. However, the general in charge of the project insults the lead scientist, who hard-wires Karl into delivering insults to the general every time a battle is input, but still doing pure math just fine. It's only "sort of" this trope because Karl is not an AI: he's a dumb 50s computer. The effect, however, is the same.
17th Sep '17 12:57:13 PM nombretomado
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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' does a [[TropesAreFlexible magical version]] of this with its many {{Youkai}} characters. Youkai by definition are "those who oppose humanity" and born from fear of the unknown. They tend to have a specific "purpose" that they were born to fulfill, most commonly to antagonize humans. Not all of them ''want'' to though, despite the risk of death or worse for being forgotten after abandoning their "purpose". Byakuren's Buddhist temple was created to help youkai either find a new purpose or simply come to terms with non-existence. Of course, most of the younger ones don't even know they have a purpose or why they should care.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' does a [[TropesAreFlexible [[Administrivia/TropesAreFlexible magical version]] of this with its many {{Youkai}} characters. Youkai by definition are "those who oppose humanity" and born from fear of the unknown. They tend to have a specific "purpose" that they were born to fulfill, most commonly to antagonize humans. Not all of them ''want'' to though, despite the risk of death or worse for being forgotten after abandoning their "purpose". Byakuren's Buddhist temple was created to help youkai either find a new purpose or simply come to terms with non-existence. Of course, most of the younger ones don't even know they have a purpose or why they should care.
6th Jul '17 10:33:37 AM Scarab
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* Cassandra Cain, the second [[Batgirl]], has this too. She was trained by her assassin father to a punishing routine from literally birth, taught to read body language like speech, while never learning to write or read. By the time she's seven years old she is capable of murdering a man with her bare hands... but when she does, her skills at understanding body language means she has an almost empathic awareness of what her victim was thinking in his last moment - the sheer terror of his death horrifies her and she spends the rest of her life alternately learning and being taught that she is not simply a weapon.
14th Apr '17 8:05:18 PM Landis
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* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', Bastion can be considered this. Specifically they were built for the [[spoiler: Omnic War as an assault unit and has old programming telling them to continue the assault on a nearby city. They don't.]] They join Overwatch as a peace-keeping force.

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* In ''VideoGame/{{Overwatch}}'', Bastion can be considered this. Specifically they were built for the [[spoiler: Omnic War as an assault unit and has old programming telling them to continue the assault on a nearby city. They don't.]] They join Overwatch as a peace-keeping force.were last seen (as of the comic "Binary") in the wilds of Norway, [[spoiler: being mentored by Torbjorn.]]
27th Feb '17 12:30:05 AM BattleMaster
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* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' fear of this is why the Tachikoma are regularly synced to prevent them from becoming truly sapient. Latterly, the approach of treating them as teammates instead of tools is used instead.

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* In ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' fear of this is why the Tachikoma are regularly synced to prevent them from becoming truly sapient. Latterly, Later, the approach of treating them as teammates instead of tools is used instead.instead. They never actually express any issues with being used for combat, probably in part because they develop emotional attachments to the crew of Section Nine and want to protect them.
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